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Title: Great Lakes Day in Washington

Register online at: www.glc.org/greatlakesday
Contact: Jon MacDonagh-Dumler, Great Lakes Commission, jonmacd@glc.org

Great Lakes Day in Washington, March 16, 2006

Senate committee to address Great Lakes Strategy

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s strategy to restore and protect the Great Lakes on March 16, 2006, Great Lakes Day in Washington.

The hearing, an important step in moving the strategy toward implementation, will be one of the key events of Great Lakes Day, an annual policy forum co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute to focus attention on Great Lakes issues.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Room SD-628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Testimony will be provided by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, representing the Council of Great Lakes Governors; Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, co-chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative; Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio and Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan, Senate co-chairs of the Great Lakes Task Force; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan: U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson; and tribal leader Frank Ettawageshik, chair of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, among others.

“The development of the Regional Collaboration’s strategy has been one of the most significant developments to advance Great Lakes policy in many years,” said Tom Huntley, chair of the Great Lakes Commission. “We’re very pleased that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has recognized its importance by scheduling this hearing to correspond with the Great Lakes Day discussions.”

Released in December, the Regional Collaboration’s strategy is the result of a year-long effort by more than 1,500 Great Lakes experts and stakeholders to establish a regional consensus on the key issues to be addressed in restoring and protecting the Great Lakes. Initiated by an executive order from President Bush, the process was convened through a partnership among the Great Lakes governors, mayors, tribal authorities, congressional delegation and federal agencies.

Other Great Lakes Day events include a reception and continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Senate Caucus Room, SR-325 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Remarks will be offered by Huntley and Dick Munson, executive director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

In the afternoon, teams of Great Lakes Commission representatives will visit congressional offices for discussions of regional issues.

A current agenda and registration information are available online at www.glc.org/greatlakesday. The registration fee for the Great Lakes reception and continental breakfast will be waived for those with valid media credentials.

Contact: Jon MacDonagh-Dumler, jonmacd@glc.org


The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by the Hon. Thomas E. Huntley (Minnesota), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes­St. Lawrence region and its residents.  The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its eight member states.  Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.”  The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests.  The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.